Faith, Fashion & Fusion Exhibition Tour

On Sunday 23rd February 2014, Frankston Interfaith Network (FIN) lead a bus tour from Frankston to the Immigration Museum in Melbourne to see the Faith, Fashion, Fusion exhibition followed by an afternoon visit to the Mission to Seafarers.

Immigration Museum - Faith, Fashion, Fusion exhibition

A personal guided tour showed the FIN group some fascinating exhibits at the Immigration Museum then we wandered into the Faith, Fashion, Fusion - Muslim’s women’s style in Australia exhibition.

faithfashion1Faith, Fashion, Fusion Exhibition @ Immigration Museum

The exhibition explored the relationship between faith, fashion and identity for Muslim women in Australia.  We discovered that Australian Muslim women dress in diverse styles and some are choosing to engage with global fashion trends looking for new ways to express their faith and maintain modesty.

We found out that there is an emerging modest fashion market in Australia with a new generation of exiting Australian fashion designers, retailers and bloggers offering stylish clothing and fashion advice to Muslim women.

faithfashion3Faith, Fashion, Fusion Exhibition: Lahza Photography/Museum Victoria

The exhibition also profiled the experiences and achievements of a group of Australian Muslim women. Their stories reflected on the diversity of the Muslim community and the importance of the Muslim faith in all aspects of their lives.faithfashion2Frankston Interfaith Network Bus Tour @ Immigration Museum


Mission to Seafarers

The tour continued on in the afternoon to the Mission to Seafarers in Flinders Street, Melbourne. The Mission has been caring for seafarers in Victorian ports since 1857 and is a lovely piece of Melbourne history that many of us on the tour had not heard about.

We had a personal guided tour of the mission by Bill Reid and met the chaplain for the mission.  We then explored the dome gallery, a beautiful secret garden and then had lunch in the courtyard and an opportunity to discuss our impressions of our morning at the Immigration museum.

faithfashion4St Peter The Mariner Chapel @ Mission to Seafarers

Bill our guide told us about the history of the chapel and the beautiful stained glass windows. The St Peter The Mariner Chapel is a tiny place of worship and it felt like a serene and peaceful haven in the middle of a bustling city. The chapel is open for daily meditation and prayer.  If you would like more information about the mission visit their website www.missiontoseafarers.com.au

Ginette Everest
Frankston Interfaith Network